Podcasting - MSTU5005

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2019-20
Canterbury Spring
View Timetable
5 30 (15)







Podcasting is a digital media form that is increasing its audience reach and size year on year. Unlike supposedly impartial journalists, podcast presenters are often encouraged to give personal perspective allowing these media makers to have creative and intellectual agency often omitted from traditional mediated forms. This module employs both theory and practice-based learning to examine the podcasting genre and consider how podcasts are developed; what are the editorial and ethical issues at stake; and how audiences are acquired and expanded. Students are given the opportunity to research contemporary practitioners, companies, and the platforms for the dissemination of podcasts.
In parallel to learning to this theoretical and industry based context, students will engage with this more personal form of production, as they design, produce and distribute a podcast series that will be available for download.


This module appears in:

Contact hours

Contact hours: 48
Private Study Hours: 252
Total Study Hours: 300

Method of assessment

Podcast Project (45%)
Process Notes (15%)
Essay (2500 words) (40%)

Indicative reading

Geller, Valerie. (2011) Beyond Powerful radio: a communicator's guide to the Internet Age, Focal Press.

Huber, David Miles. (2010) Modern Recording Techniques, Focal Press.

Llinares, Dario, and Fox, Neill. (2018) Podcasting: New Aural Cultures and Digital Media, Palgrave Macmillan.

Richardson, Will (2010) Blogs, Wikis, Podcast, and Other Powerful Web Tools for Classrooms, Corwin.

Rumsey, Francis. (2009) Sound and Recording, Elsevier/Focal Press.

Spinelli, Martin, and Dann, Lance. (2019) Podcasting: The Audio Media Revolution, Bloomsbury.

Learning outcomes

On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
- Demonstrate knowledge and critical thinking around different forms associated with podcasting and their uses and contexts.
- Demonstrate knowledge and critical understanding of the skills and techniques required to produce a podcast, and using appropriate technology.
- Make critical links between the history of online and downloadable content and their own work on the module.
- Identify and analyse industry trends around podcasting and downloadable media content.
- Apply techniques for producing a podcast in relation to critical debates around representing reality, ethics, performance, authorship, narrative, truth.

University of Kent makes every effort to ensure that module information is accurate for the relevant academic session and to provide educational services as described. However, courses, services and other matters may be subject to change. Please read our full disclaimer.